STATE OF CONNECTICUT
THE STATE COMPTROLLER
|WYMAN PROJECTS BUDGET SURPLUS OF $588.3
|Contact: Steve Jensen|
State Comptroller Nancy Wyman today projected the state will end the 2007 fiscal year with a budget surplus of $588.3 million.
Wyman's estimate grew by $28.3 million over the last month, due mainly to increases in collection of the inheritance tax and the tax on real estate transactions.
Wyman noted that a $10 million jump in collection of the real-estate conveyance tax is tied to a relatively small category of real estate transactions involving "transfer of control" of a property.
"Unfortunately, this short-term spike does not signal a turnaround in the housing market," Wyman said, adding that the real estate conveyance tax is expected to bring in about $17 million less than expected for the year.
Overall, the state economy continues to see modest growth. Connecticut added about 4,000 jobs in January, bringing the total for the fiscal year so far to 10,400.
Collection of the tax that corporations pay on their profits also remains strong, and is expected to bring in $109.9 million more than original estimates.
Wyman's overall surplus projection is $52.1 million higher than that of the Governor's budget office. It is based on an annual state budget of $16.07 billion.
Wyman is proposing using $100 million of the surplus to this fund, as well as 10 percent of any future budget surpluses, to address the $21 billion liability in the state's retiree health care account.
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